Russia Air Force chief to meet OSCE officials at south air base

Other News Materials 5 September 2006 16:08 (UTC +04:00)

(RIA Novosti) - Russia's Air Force commander has arrived at a combat training center in the south of European Russia, where he will meet with representatives of the world's largest security organization and show them the country's latest air defense systems, reports Trend.

General Vladimir Mikhailov arrived at the base in Lipetsk to meet with 55 representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the instructions of Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, senior officials at the base said.

The OSCE delegation will see many of Russia's frontline helicopters, which Mikhailov said were used not only by the Defense Ministry, but also by the rescue services and the Interior Ministry.

"Helicopter units of these agencies closely cooperate with Defense Ministry departments, and so successfully carry out various tasks, including in emergency situations," Mikhailov said.

The base, which has been operating for over 50 years, specializes in retraining pilots to use more advanced weapons and military equipment, and is referred to as a "small aviation academy."

During their two-day visit, the OSCE delegates will see new helicopters such as Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter, Mi-8 Hip multi-purpose transport helicopter, MiG-29 Fulcrum and other combat aircraft.